Massive floods in Texas and Louisiana produced by Tropical Depression Imelda


A confirmed tornado left some structures damaged east of Houston, near the Baytown and Highlands areas. There were no reports of injuries in the immediate aftermath of the tornado. More than 15 inches of rain had fallen in Freeport, flooding streets. A hospital evacuation was prompted in Winnie, a town of about 3,200 people located 60 miles (95 kilometers) east of Houston. Several roads were impassable and some cars had become stranded in high water. Some public transportation services had been suspended due to the weather, in the City of Galveston. At least two dozen school districts across the region had canceled classes on Wednesday and some of the Thursday. Houston Community College campuses , Galveston College and Texas A&M University at Galveston were also closed.


There were reports of cars stalled in standing water in the Houston area. The Beaumont Police Department said on Twitter that 911 has received requests for more than 250 high water rescues and 270 evacuations. Brazoria and  Matagorda were also hit by rainfall . The storm formed over the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday afternoon and made landfall near Freeport. Forecasters warned that Imelda could bring up to 35 inches (90 centimeters) of rain this week in some areas of Texas through Friday.


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